verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. cheapo,
  2. cheapside,
  3. cheapskate,
  4. cheapy,
  5. chear,
  6. cheat day,
  7. cheat on,
  8. cheat sheet,
  9. cheater,
  10. cheating

Origin of cheat

1325–75; Middle English chet (noun) (aphetic for achet, variant of eschet escheat); cheten to escheat, derivative of chet (noun)

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Synonym study

1. Cheat, deceive, trick, victimize refer to the use of fraud or artifice deliberately to hoodwink or obtain an unfair advantage over someone. Cheat implies conducting matters fraudulently, especially for profit to oneself: to cheat at cards. Deceive suggests deliberately misleading or deluding, to produce misunderstanding or to prevent someone from knowing the truth: to deceive one's parents. To trick is to deceive by a stratagem, often of a petty, crafty, or dishonorable kind: to trick someone into signing a note. To victimize is to make a victim of; the emotional connotation makes the cheating, deception, or trickery seem particularly dastardly: to victimize a blind man. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cheating



to deceive or practise deceit, esp for one's own gain; trick or swindle (someone)
(intr) to obtain unfair advantage by trickery, as in a game of cards
(tr) to escape or avoid (something unpleasant) by luck or cunningto cheat death
(when intr, usually foll by on) informal to be sexually unfaithful to (one's wife, husband, or lover)


a person who cheats
a deliberately dishonest transaction, esp for gain; fraud
informal sham
law the obtaining of another's property by fraudulent means
the usual US name for rye-brome
Derived Formscheatable, adjectivecheater, nouncheatingly, adverb

Word Origin for cheat

C14: short for escheat

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Word Origin and History for cheating
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